Congrats, Cal, on overcoming so much and succeeding in life. As you've
shown, life is so much more than football. I wish you many more successes and
happiness. But thanks also for those awesome kickoff returns. You will always
have a presence in Utah lore for your football accomplishments. Even though an
ongoing football career never materialized, you have been very successful. Thank
you for helping our youth and thanks for telling your story.
What an incredible story. As someone who has suffered from severe headaches
since childhood, I can certainly sympathize with Cal. However, I can't
imagine the type of pain from the debilitating headaches he has suffered. And
the bitter heartbreak of losing a dream is just unimaginable.I can
still see him sprinting down the sidelines on that return during the BYU/Utah
game all those years ago. That return set up the winning touchdown and will
always be remembered by true Ute fans.Awesome story about an awesome
"It is remarkable how quickly Beck was forgotten and left behind."Cal, here's one Utah fan who has never forgotten what you did while
you were at Utah. It was unfortunate your football career had to end so soon,
but what a legacy you left behind.For me, your kick returns will
always rank among the most memorable UofU football plays of the past 30
years.I'll never forget sitting next to a BYU fan and hearing
him say "Kick it to Beck he ain't that fast!" No sooner had they
kicked the ball to you when I heard the same fan screaming, "Somebody tackle
him, . . . PLEASE somebody tackle him!" which they managed to do just short
of the goal line.Afterwards, I leaned over to him and asked if he
still wanted BYU to kick the ball to you. He glared back at me and didn't
say a word.You may be gone, but you have not forgotten by those of
us who were lucky enough to watch you play during your Freshman year.
I can't believe it's been 18 years since that BYU game. That was
Utah's first great team, and Beck was a big part of it.Moving
on from football, it's inspiring to see a guy overcome a lot and find
peace. Though Beck's football dreams didn't come true, his name is
known in our Ute circles and that allows many people to be proud of him for his
life accomplishments. 'I am happy for you Cal Beck.
As someone who had Cal in his track team for one year at Cottonwood and who has
kept in touch with Cal off and on over the years I can tell you that Cal is the
real deal. It's always nice to see him and to know that he has overcome
adversity in his life and makes a difference in the lives of others.
Great story. Nice job Cal. I would let you teach my kids any day.
Great article! Cal was one of the resins i am a Ute fan today, i remember
watching that punt return when i was just a kid and i wanted to be him. you are
the man Cal
Nice to hear he had a successful outcome. So many others with similar stories
don't turn out so well. Thats a credit to him and his power of positive
thinking. That was very uplifting, thanks for sharing Cal. Best wishes for your
continued success and happiness.On a different note, that sure
didn't make Chris Hill look very good.
Great story about a great young man!
I know Mr. Beck as a teacher and not as a football player. He has been a great
asset to our school--Parkside--in Murray, and he encourages sportmanship and
fair play, which means a lot to me and my children, who are Cougars.Mr. Beck, influcencing a child, as a parent and a teacher, is so much more
important than any sport could ever be.Never doubt your influence
for goodwe're lucky to have you
As a Cougar fan I did not enjoy Beck's kick returns, but I have truly
enjoyed his work with our Youth in Murray. 2 years ago my sons signed up for a
youth track camp that Mr Beck lead. He was great with all of them (over 100
kids). 2 years later we see him in the library and he comes over to us and
address my kids asking them if they are doing anything in track. Impressed me
that he would remember them and made my kids feel like a million dollars. That
speaks more than any thing he ever did as a football player. Thank You Mr.
Grat story about Cal Beck. I remember when he and Harold Lusk manned the
defensive backfield in the mid 90s, they were awesome. Never knew much about why
he had to leave football until this story. Thanks for bringing this to light.
It's very cool what he's overcome and that he is doing something
honorable now like teaching youth.
Cal's return against AZ was absolutely one of the best plays in Utah
history. He was a weapon. Great to hear that life turned out bright after some
Great job Mr Hill. You come off as a caring loving person.
I remember Cal's returns very well - defenses would come up on him thinking
they had an angle only to see him fly bye.This was a great story
I'm so glad to hear about what he has done with his life. It could have
turned out so much worse but now he is making a positive impact in kids lives.
Something truly more important than football.Thanks for everything
What a terrific story. The only problem I have with it, DRob, is that I
don't consider 36 years old to be middle-aged. Once past 40-45 (as I am),
then sure. But I doubt Cal feels himself middle-aged. I certainly hope not.
I ran track against Cal in high school and he was always a classy guy. I always
wondered what happened to him, I am glad to hear is doing well.